I had already found that it was not good to be alone, and so made companionship with what there was around me, sometimes with the universe and sometimes with my own insignificant self; but my books were always my friends, let fail all else.
April 24, 1895: Joshua Slocum set out on what was to be a three-year voyage. The Nova Scotia-born adventurer became the first person to circumnavigate the globe solo and wrote a bestselling tale, Sailing Alone Around the World, about his journey.
The foundations of what we call Western culture today seemingly sprung from one place, Greece, yet that is not the entire truth. Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea, the fourth volume of Thomas Cahill’s Hinges of History, examines and explains the structure of Greek society and ideas as well as the reasons why it has permeated so much of what we know of Western culture. But Cahill’s answer to why the Greeks matter is two-fold.
Over the course of 264 pages of text, Cahill looks at all the features of Greek culture that made them so different from other ancient cultures. Through the study of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Cahill examined the Greek’s view of war and honor in their grand war epic then how the same man expressed how the Greek’s expressed their feelings. The contradiction of the Homeric works is part of a larger theme that Cahill explores in Greek poetry beyond Homer, politicians and playwrights, philosophers, and artists. Throughout each chapter, Cahill examines what the Greeks did differently than anyone else as well as relate examples that many will know. Yet Cahill reveals that as time went on the Greeks own culture started to swallow itself until stabilized by the Romans who were without the Greek imagination and then merged with newly developing Christian religion that used Greek words to explain its beliefs to a wider world; this synthesis of the Greco-Roman world and Judeo-Christian tradition is what created Western thought and society that we know today.
Cahill’s analysis and themes are for the general reader very through-provoking, but even for someone not well versed in overall Greek scholarship there seems to be something missing in this book. Just in comparing previous and upcoming volumes of Cahill’s own series, this book seems really short for one covering one of the two big parts of Western Civilization. Aside from the two chapters focused around the Homeric epics, all the other chapters seemed to be less than they could be not only in examples but also in giving connections in relevance for the reader today.
For the Western society in general, the Greeks are remembered for their myths, magnificent ruins, and democracy. Thomas Cahill’s Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea does reveal that ancient Greece was more than that and why a culture millennia old matters to us today. While not perfect, this book is at least a good read for the general reader which may be what Cahill is aiming for but for those more well read it feels lacking once finished.
Now that Lucy is playing the role of a Goddess, it seems to have gone to her head. To make matters worse, Thorstein doesn't believe it really is Lucy and Riikka can't seem to convince him otherwise.
Riikka and Thorstein have some heated fights, but the make-up sex is even hotter. Riikka is grateful when Lucy helps with the sickness threatening the settlement, but wonders just how far her friend will take this farce. Riikka knows they both need to keep playing their parts until all the lines are used up. Until then, she just needs to figure out a way to get Lucy back home.
When the seas get rough, Riikka and Thorstein's intense love and passion can take them through anything—even if it means sailing through fire and ice.
Its funny what people are willing to do for their friends. Sometimes those friendships really strain your personal relationships when there's more than just your reputation at stake. I think my favorite scene for Rik and Lucy was the confrontation scene. "Oh I won't fight them, I'll just scare them with my Goddessness." haha
I have to admit I almost forgot everything once the "make waves" scene kicked in. Who doesn't love a man who is ready and willing to get hot and wet at the same time? OOh wee... Thors dirty talk hits just the right spot.
I really enjoyed this installment of the EG series. It was fun, sexy, and exciting all the way through.
Note: I received a digital copy in exchange for an honest review from the Author